Week In Review 9/1/17

9/1/17 Update

First of all, I’d like to thank everybody that came to the call out on Wednesday. It was wonderful meeting so many new people, and we are all very excited about this semester! *Special shout out to Penny Githens for bringing cookies.

 

Second, if you are new to the email list please allow me to explain what this email is. Every Friday I send out a “week in review” email. It serves as both our newsletter, and a comprehensive summary of the week’s major news events. I include information about upcoming events, sometimes a call to action, and links to reliable news sources if you’d like to learn more about current events. Please let me know if you have any questions about upcoming events, or feedback regarding anything!

 

Ice Cream Social

WhenWednesday September 6, 7pm

Where: School of Global and International Studies, room #1100

What: We are hosting our first ever (but hopefully reoccurring) ice cream social! There will be free ice cream and fun games! Feel free to bring a friend. Please RSVP here so we know how much ice cream to buy!

 

March With Team Donnelly

When: Monday September 4, 7:15 am

Where: Princeton, Indiana

What: Join Senator Joe Donnelly and the rest of his team as they march in the Princeton Labor Day Parade. If you are interested in taking part, contact Mike Lindburg at mike@joeforindiana.com for more information on riding in the RV and taking part in the parade!

 

Good News

1.     This past Sunday the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said that the president “speaks for himself,” (The Hill) implying that POTUS does not speak for the rest of the country in regards to his comments about Charlottesville.

2.     Senator Donnelly talked about his results-oriented re-election campaign that he is running during the 2018 midterm election with the Washington Post.

3.     ​Earlier this week, the Bloomington City Council considered more affordable housing​ in Bloomington for students at IU (Indiana Daily Student). The effort by both Mayor Hamilton and the city council is the most aggressive effort in recent history to increase the amount of affordable housing in the Bloomington area.

 

Bad News

1.     Devastation from Hurricane Harvey has severely impacted families in small towns and remote areas, (NYT) far from the resources that the city of Houston has.

2.     President Trump has finally revealed vague details about his much-anticipated plan for tax reform. The plan includes cuts to corporate tax rates (NYT) to follow through on his campaign promise to help the middle class, despite research showing that corporate tax rates do not affect wages (EPI).

3.     Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and President Trump are taking steps to make colleges all for profitinstitutions (Politico). This week the Education Department announced the hiring of Julian Schmoke, the former dean of DeVry University, to oversee a unit that responds to allegations of fraud (The Atlantic). It’s relevant to note that DeVry recently settled a $100 million lawsuit to students about their misleading ads (CNN). Does anybody else remember those shady commercials from 2009?

 

 

If you are looking for other events on campus or in the Bloomington area, I highly suggest you check out the IUDems master calendar. It’s curated by yours truly to compile events from liberal groups all over the area, as well as events supporting causes that I believe our members would enjoy.

 

As always, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay up to date! I hope you all enjoy your long weekend and hope to see you on Wednesday!

 

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